HePDO is a Sub Recipient under Catholic Relief Service (CRS) in the implementation of the Global Fund Round 9 Malaria project in the Western Coast Health Region. Under this project HePDO is responsible for the direct implementation of the ITN and BCC activities at community level.
The distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) has been the main reason for HePDO’s involvement in the Global Fund Malaria Project. This forms the core activity of HePDO in this project with the sole aim of distributing nets to Children <5, Pregnant Women, and the general population at large within the West Coast Health Region.
HePDO also participated in the development of LLIN distribution tools as part of its activities.
HePDO also participated in series of partners review meetings and training workshops organized by CRS for its partners with funding from the Global Fund. All these were geared towards bringing stakeholders and implementing partners together in finding appropriate and suitable ways of smoothly and timely implementing the Round 9 malaria project as established in the project agreement.
Step down Training of Positive Deviant Individuals
A two day step down training was organized for Positive Deviant Individuals (PDIs) by HePDO across her operational area that includes Banjul City Council (BCC), Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) and West Coast Region (WCR) was held on 24th February to 7th March 2017. The training was facilitated by HePDO Malaria Field Coordinators whilst resource persons drawn from staff of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the capacities of Public Health Officers and Community health Nurses.
A total number of 420 PDI were trained on key malaria malaria preventative strategies and Behavioural Change Communication approaches which includes home visiting and counselling at house level.
The Objective of the training was;
- To equip the selected PDs on key malaria preventive strategies like the use of LLINs, malaria case management, IPT and IRS alongside BCC.
- Teach the selected PDIs on BCC in order to effectively carryout home visits and other community outreach activities
- Participants to know all the signs and symptoms of malaria
The training was conducted in 14 venues and this is all to give Project Manager and Monitoring Officer adequate time to monitor all the trainings effectively and efficiently.
The resource persons and facilitators were able to clearly explain all topics to participants and made them to understand thing as required which will help them in their community outreach during household visits.